We're not the only ones who sneeze when the seasons change, our dogs do, too! If you've noticed your dog sneezing more than usual, it's probably because they've been struck with seasonal allergies.
While some dogs might sneeze or have watery eyes, most don't have too many respiratory symptoms. Instead, many dogs have skin reactions instead. Many pups can even suffer from ear infections or paw infections.
So, how do you help you dog with allergies? They can't exactly take an allergy pill. Instead, follow these tips to help your dog get through allergy season more easily.
While your pup not be allergic to their shampoo, using hypoallergenic shampoo can help make your dog's skin less itchy or sensitive. Many hypoallergenic shampoos use aloe or oatmeal as an anti-itch remedy.
Wipedown After Outside Time
After a walk outside or playtime at the park, wipe your dog down. Their fur can collect lots of pollen, dander, and allergens from outside. Many companies create doggy-safe wet wipes that clean your pup and help remove the outdoors from their fur.
Just like you might notice your daily vitamins helping you, they might help your dog, too. Of course, you'll want to look for vitamins that are specifically made for your dog, like the Vet's Best brand. Vitamins to look for include biotin, omega-3s, and vitamin e.
If you dog is chewing, licking, or scratching at their paws or skin, licorice root will help relieve their itchiness. Licorice root can come in dog-specific formulas, but you should talk to your vet before using it. Because it contains cortisone, you have to be careful with how you use it or any herbal medicine.
Plenty of Baths
During allergy season, you'll want to make sure your dog is getting plenty of baths so that allergens don't build up in their fur. Of course, too many baths can make your dog's skin dry, so you'll want to make sure you're using special shampoo (as mentioned before) or oatmeal shampoo to increase moisture.
It night be allergy season, but you'll make it through with your pup!